seneschal

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English seneschal (recorded in English since 1393), from Old French seneschal, from Medieval Latin (Frankish) siniscalcus, from Proto-Germanic *siniz (senior) + *skalkaz (servant); latter term as in marshal. Compare French sénéchal.

Noun[edit]

seneschal (plural seneschals)

  1. A steward in charge of a medieval nobleman's estate.
    • 1884, Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , Chapter 35
      ...so the very keenest seneskal can't see no sign...

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Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

seneschal m (oblique plural seneschaus, nominative singular seneschaus, nominative plural seneschal)

  1. seneschal
    • circa 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, Érec et Énide:
      "Oïl, mout m'an sovient il bien.
      Seneschaus, savez vos an rien?
      Yes, I remember it well
      Senschal, do you know anything about it?